Ultrathin films of pyrrole were deposited on the surfaces of carbon nanotubes using a plasma polymerization treatment. High-resolution electron transmission microscopy images revealed that an extremely thin film of the polymer layer (2∼7 nm) was uniformly deposited on the outer and inner surfaces of the nanotubes. The nanotubes of all sizes exhibited equally uniform ultrathin films, indicating well-dispersed nanotubes in the fluidized bed reactor during the plasma treatment. In particular, the inner wall of the nanotube was also coated with a uniform ultrathin film of only ∼1–3 nm. Time-of-flight secondary ion mass spectroscopy experiments confirmed the highly branched and cross-linked polymer thin films on the carbon nanotubes. The plasma deposition mechanism is discussed in this letter.

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